A sub-standard batting effort meant Sussex slumped to yet another defeat in the One-Day Cup, writes Piyush Singh.

Sussex fought well with the ball. However Glamorgan chased down 276 with four wickets remaining and 21 balls to spare thanks to a 145-run stand between Eddie Byrom and Colin Ingram for the second wicket that helped to set up the chase nicely.

Quickfire knocks from both James Coles (59 off 56) and Fynn Hudson-Prentice (66 off 54) towards the end helped Sussex set a target of 277 for Glamorgan after they elected to bat. The Sharks lacked impetus throughout their innings.

Hudson-Prentice said: “Another tough day. It’s not been our competition, to say the least.

“I think we got bogged down a bit with the bat they took wickets at regular intervals which made it hard for us to put the accelerator on.

“It’s just been a constant theme so far in this competition for us that we haven’t really been able to capitalise on good positions.

“It has not been the same rhythm that we had in this competition last year.”

After a sluggish start, the opening duo of Harrison Ward and Tom Haines forged a decent partnership as the pair added 62 before Haines called for a suicidal run as the ball went straight to Kiran Carlson on the edge of the circle and Ward was found short of his ground.

Tom Alsop was cleaned up by Carlson in the next over as the hosts were 63-2 in the 14th over. Haines (59 off 80) reached a well-compiled 50 before he was dismissed in a similar fashion as Alsop as his middle stump was knocked out of the ground by Zain-Ul-Hassan.

Chesteshwar Pujara looked to have offered the stability which he almost always does before he rocketed one back to Carlson who did exceptionally well to hold on to the ball. Sussex were struggling at 142-5.

Coles and Hudson-Prentice provided the innings with much-needed momentum as the pair brought up a 100-run stand for the sixth wicket in no time which propelled the Sharks to a decent score.

Coles skied one off the bowling of Zain who also clean bowled Hudson-Prentice in his very next over as Sharks were reduced to 268-8 in the 49th over. Insignificant contributions lower down the order meant Sussex managed to reach only 276-9 from their 50 overs.

Carlson finished with figures of 3-43 from his ten overs whereas, Zain impressed with 4-25 from five.

Sussex were off to a flyer with the ball as Hudson-Prentice bowled Thomas Bevan in his first over as Glamorgan were 1-1. Ingram was dropped in the same over and made sure the home team paid as the pair of Byrom and Ingram made light work of the opposition’s bowling attack.

Speaking about his performance Hudson-Prentice said: “It’s only nice when you are winning games and I don’t think I have scored runs in a game we’ve won this season. It’s bittersweet.”

Byrom (69) and Ingram (73) both reached a well-deserved half-century before Byrom was bowled as he looked to sweep Coles.

Ingram was soon dismissed off the bowling of Jack Carson as looked to sweep but was caught in the deep and Glamorgan were down to 170-3 in the 30th over.

Carson soon dismissed Carlson (18) with a mysterious delivery that nutmegged the batter and knocked his leg stump out of the ground.

Ben Kellaway (30) looked to go big but missed the ball completely as his middle stump was knocked out of the ground.

Hudson-Prentice was brought back into the attack and rewarded instantly as he caught Alex Horton plumb.

Sussex kept chipping away with wickets at regular intervals but did not have sufficient runs on the board to back their bowling.

Sam Northeast (40 not out off 59) and Zain (26 not out off 18) ensured no collapse occurred as they saw their team home.

Hudson-Prentice, Carson, and Coles picked up two wickets each for the Sharks.